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Format: CD
Sku: 63906096
UPC: 724357088824
UPC 14: 00724357088824
Release Date: 10/5/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Christmas Song, The - Nat King Cole ~ Various Artists
2. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Dean Martin ~ Various Artists
3. Winter Wonderland - Bing Crosby ~ Various Artists
4. Christmas Waltz, The - Nancy Wilson ~ Various Artists
5. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Les Brown & His Band of Renown ~ Various Artists
6. Merriest, The - June Christy ~ Various Artists
7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Lou Rawls ~ Various Artists
8. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Lena Horne ~ Various Artists
9. (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With the Bag - Kay Starr ~ Various Artists
10. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Johnny Mercer/The Pied Pipers/Johnny Mercer & the Pied Pipers ~ Various Artists
11. Happy Holiday - Peggy Lee ~ Various Artists
12. Sleigh Ride - Ferrante & Teicher ~ Various Artists
13. I'd Like You for Christmas - Julie London ~ Various Artists
14. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Ella Fitzgerald ~ Various Artists
15. All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) - Nat King Cole ~ Various Artists
16. Auld Lang Syne - Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Arrangers: Lombardo; Gus Levene.
Muze PNote Here it is, one of the best Christmas albums ever compiled onto a single disc. Of the 30-plus compilations of the same generic title released over the decades, Christmas Classics is one of the very few that actually warrants its billing, challenging Rhino's well-rounded 1990 comp and Capitol's perennial Bing Crosby collection for the distinction of being the outright best "Christmas Classics" disc ever put on the market as of its 2004 release. And yes, this one just may indeed be the best, a 16-track scouring of the Capitol catalog of the '40s, '50s, and '60s. As such, it's comprised of the style of traditional pop championed by the label during those golden years. There's a masterfully sequenced mix of vocal pop (Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, the Nat King Cole Trio), vocal jazz (June Christy, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald), and instrumental jazz-pop (Les Brown & His Band of Renown, Ferrante & Teicher, Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians). Every song here is a highlight, whether it's the timelessness of Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song," the sheer beauty of Nancy Wilson's "The Christmas Waltz," or the torchy longing of Julie Christie's "I'd Like You for Christmas." If these songs don't put you in the holiday mood, nothing will! And even if traditional pop isn't your bag, this music still has a certain antiquated appeal today in the 21st century that seems totally appropriate for such a traditional time as the holidays, when antiquity is most alluring. In addition to compiling a darn near perfect Christmas collection of Capitol's finest holiday recordings, the label furthermore took the time to design appealing packaging for the disc, making it all the more first-rate as far as this sort of collection goes. ~ Jason Birchmeier

Producer: David Axelrod; Ray Ellis; Bobby Troup; Kevin Flaherty (Compilation)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/05/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 70888
Music Label Name Label : Capitol
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724357088824

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